National Consumers League

NCL applauds Congressional action to crack down on ticket bots


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September 13, 2016

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL), America’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, today applauded recent Congressional action to fix the rigged live event ticketing industry.  Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 5104, the Better On-line Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016. Today, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee held a hearing to consider a similar bill, S. 3183.  

The following statement is attributable to John Breyault, the Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud:

“Bipartisan support for the BOTS Act in both houses of Congress shows that Washington is serious about promoting a fair ticketing marketplace for all consumers.  Although a comprehensive solution to fixing the rigged live event ticketing industry will only come with increased transparency -- such as Congressman Bill Pascrell’s BOSS Act --  the BOTS Act is an important first step. This bill would empower the Federal Trade Commission or state attorneys general to crack down on ticket-buying “bot” operators that jump the line and scoop up thousands of tickets for resale to the highest bidder. Such activity is blatantly anti-fan and we are proud to support a solution that puts a halt to it.”

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